Pro Arte Maya Children's Coloring Books

Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala / Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala

Two editions of the coloring book are available:

English/Spanish Bilingual Edition
Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala, this bilingual 30 page coloring book presents drawings of Maya artisans with captions and introductory text for parents, teachers and children. Coloring book cover is shown above.

The coloring book includes 30 detailed drawings. Text and captions accompanying each drawing deal with issues such as tradition, creativity, self sufficiency and ecology.

Multilingual Mayan Languages/Spanish Edition
Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala, 64 pages, with captions in eight Mayan languages and Spanish.

This version has the same drawings and text as English/Spanish edition. It is printed in Spanish and eight Mayan Languages (Achi, Kaqchikel, K’che’, Popti’, Poqomam, Q’anjob’al, Q’eqchi’, Tz’utujil)

The following comes from the back page of Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala. It lists donors and collaborators and describes the project to produce, reprint and use the book.

“Scholars, teachers, artists and others have long believed that the arts and crafts of Guatemala constitute a vital cultural treasure — some say one of her most valuable. To help pass on knowledge and appreciation of them, ten years ago, members Virginia Ajxup Pelíco, Juan Zapil Xivir of the Consejo de Escuelas Mayas Jun Ajpu Ixb’alamke and artist Marilyn Anderson first shared their ideas for production of an educational coloring book for children about the arts and crafts traditions of Guatemala. The first edition in 2001 of Artes Y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala appeared with drawings and text by Anderson and with Dr. Fernando Peñalosa’s vital work as editor and designer. The work of the translators from Spanish to the Mayan language texts were crucial to the aims of the book.”

Purchasing the Coloring Book

For information on purchasing, please visit the Ordering page. Click the button below to download the price list and order form.

Educational Resources

Two Teacher’s & Parent’s Guides were created by Marilyn Anderson as companions to the Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala coloring book. They are available to download online. Teachers in Guatemala have created their own materials. 

Terra Experience,, is a Fair Trade Maya online store with further educational resources. They sell clothing, dolls, books and other items to help children in the USA appreciate Maya culture and to learn from them.